Discomfort Zone

Canada, China, USA58 minEnglish and various languages with English SubtitlesComedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Women Filmmakers

From the mundane to the spectacular, our characters in these five films pave their own paths as some take matters into their own hands, while others come across new points of understanding and acceptance.

Away, Together

Sana A. Malik Profile Image

USA202015 minEnglish, Pashto with English SubtitlesInternational Premiere Drama, Family, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Beautifully shot against visceral landscapes of New Mexico, Ayah is a 10-year-old refugee on her first camping trip who ends up finding connection to ancestral memory even in the most unfamiliar of places.


Huda Wahidy
Hameed Sheikh

Directors Bio

Sana A. Malik

Sana A. Malik is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker and journalist who has reported on immigration, detention, and gender since 2011. In 2017, she founded This is Worldtown, a platform that supports women of colour visual storytellers.

A Lonely Afternoon

Kyle Credo Profile Image

Canada202015 minEnglish, Tagalog with English Subtitles World PremiereDrama, Family, Family-friendly

Rated PG

Meticulously detailed and choreographed, director Kyle Credo delivers an authentic snapshot into Justin, a timid Filipino boy, and his afternoon.


Daynon Toledo

Directors Bio

Kyle Credo

Kyle Credo is a Filipino-Canadian director born and raised in Ontario. He has been practicing his craft since 2012 when he made his first short film, Scum at Centennial College.

Couple Portrait

Hao Cheng 程顥 Profile Image

Canada, China20203 minEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesDocumentary, Family, Family-friendly, Open Captions

Rated G

In this light, yet deeply moving short, Dva Liu returns home to Shaoguan with the wish of taking “couple portraits” with her aging grandfather.

Director Bio

Hao Cheng 程顥

Hao Cheng 程顥 is a commercial and documentary director who lives in Toronto. Influenced by his family background, Cheng developed a passion for photography and eventually developed his directing skills.

Lola’s Wake

Tricia Hagoriles Profile Image

Canada2019 10 minEnglish, Tagalog with English SubtitlesWorld PremiereDrama, Family, Fantasy, LQBTQ+ Filmmakers, Open Captions, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG-13

Joelle is determined to uphold a Filipino tradition even if it means spending the night in a funeral home. Loosely based on the director’s own experiences.


Gianelle Miranda
Carolyn Fe
Chelsea Muirhead

Directors Bio

Tricia Hagoriles

Tricia Hagoriles is an award-winning, Toronto-based filmmaker. Hagoriles was a resident of the 2019 Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and recipient of Inside Out + OUTtv Outspoken Documentary Fund for her upcoming work, The Archivist.

No More Parties

Natalie Murao Profile Image

Canada2019 15 minEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin with English SubtitlesToronto Premiere Drama, Family, Women Filmmakers

Rated PG

Accurately awkward, Rose attends a karaoke party and hears a voice louder than her own in this subtly nuanced take on navigating adulthood and finding independence.


Kimberley Yip
Kimberly Ho
Nan Chen


San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2020

Directors Bio

Natalie Murao

Natalie Murao is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. Murao’s films draw from her Japanese-Canadian heritage and childhood experiences, which include themes of memory and the mundane.

12 Nov, 2019 10:00 am

to 19 Nov, 2020 11:59 pm


Live online Q&A with special guests

Join us in conversation with directors and special guests in attendance! ASL interpretation will be made available thanks to Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services. Ticket holders can watch on the CineSend Reel Asian portal.

November 13, 2020 at 1PM

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